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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I, Walter by Mike Hartner
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Tour hosted by: Orangeberry Book Tours
Walter Crofter was born into Elizabethan England. In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself?
Especially given his family background?
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants. Outline or No?
Half and half. I write by the seat of my pants. I admit, I’m a pantster. To a degree. You see, I will sit in my office, or in my room and listen to classical music (which ones depend on the story, and their likes). Or I’ll stand in front of a white board with a critique partner close by. Or I’ll have a conversation with said friend through other means. And I’ll go through my thoughts about the character. And write down the ideas. And then, I’ll have a bit of discussion about them, and leave them for a few days or a week.
During those days off, my mind is working on new things that I’ve assimilated about those characters. Sure, they went off on a boat. What kind of boat? Was it a 16th century pirate ship? Or a 20th century yacht? Where did they go? Is the character telling me what they did?
There are times when the character only gives me 5% of the story. And then 5 % more several days later. Getting the full story is somewhat akin to pulling teeth.
Or mating elephants. Lots of noise. Lots of high level grunting. Takes a while.
This information sits in my mind over that period of inactivity and percolates. It tries to seep into that granite bedrock which usually describes my cranium. And its seeps through the bedrock very slowly. But, after a few days, it will usually bring out the richness in each event that the character has given me.
Then I’ll sit and write. And start the process all over again. When I’m writing, I spend very little time paying attention to what I’m writing, until it’s all over. Then, I continue for several more days before I stop and assimilate everything that has happened. It may not look the same as the scenes I outlined, but then that’s writing. As I’ve said many times, characters are like children. As the parent, you can say, “You need to go here and do this, and this..” but don’t expect characters to listen any more than children do. It’s there adventure, and they will do what they please.
I understand the theory behind outlining. Honestly, I do. Sometimes outlines are very useful. They help organize scenes and thoughts and even characters.
by Mike Hartner
Mike Hartner (1965-) was born in Florida and lives in British Columbia with his family. His interests include: Skiing, surfing, scuba diving, writing, soccer, and cheerleading his son's teams.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Taromancer by Alex Sumner
Disenchanted and disillusioned with her career as a fortune teller, Miranda meets a crazy old man one night, and is plunged into a spiritual quest - with the twenty two trumps of the Tarot as her companions.
FREE (December 10-11): Amazon (Kindle)
I am a novelist and writer on the occult. After having written several non-fiction articles for the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, in 2009 I came out with my first novel The Magus. Since then I have written Opus Secunda and Licence To Depart, which make up parts two and three of The Magus Trilogy, and a number of other works in the series The Demon Detective and Other Stories.
My latest novel, This Is Not A Fairy Story, was published in August 2012.
I am also an astrologer, tarot reader and ceremonial magician, and a blogger on all things occult.
I live in Essex, England.